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The FDA has a plan to prevent the next ice cream disaster

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Months after an outbreak of deadly bacteria in ice cream that killed three and sickened seven more, U.S. regulators are near making food producers like Blue Bell Creameries have safety plans to minimize future outbreaks. There hasn’t been a federal requirement that all food producers have a written-down plan. Blue Bell, the Texas-based ice cream maker, shut down most of its manufacturing and fired or furloughed most workers after the …

A new ketchup that just might inspire condiment excitement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New ketchup in town We all have that food, the food we eat when nobody else is looking. Mine involves ketchup. Unless you are a ketchup freak like me (and most people above the age of 8 are not), you may find this habit bordering on disgusting. Nonetheless, I occasionally indulge in what …

Picnics aren’t just sandwiches and chips! Think dessert, too

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When it comes to packing a picnic, the savory items are easy. Sandwiches and wraps. Potato and pasta salads. Chips and dips. It’s all very transportable and all very easy to eat while perched on a blanket in the grass. But dessert can prove less obvious. Sure, you could do cookies. But what …

’Top Chef’ judge Simmons joins NY school nutrition effort

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of childhood nutrition issues. The advocates met at a Manhattan public school recently as cafeteria workers served the children a breakfast that included …

Requiem for a restaurant chain

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants – the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers and burritos – have …

Batter up with buckwheat

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Despite its name, buckwheat is not a form of wheat at all. It is a seed in the rhubarb and sorrel family – not even technically a grain, botanically speaking. But because it is eaten like a grain and is rich in fiber, B vitamins and antioxidants like …

Made for Mom

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

If you really want to show Mom how much you care on Mothers Day, the recipe is pretty simple – carbs and fat. After all, it’s what the rest of us crave on special days. So why fuss …

PHOTOS: ’Tis the season for ice cream

Monday, May 4, 2015

It’s finally ice cream season in Concord. The warm weather brought out a large crowd to Arnie’s Place for a bite of the cold stuff, including Anders Hanson and his mother, Julie. “It’s so nice out we couldn’t …

Make your own ricotta

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Making your own ricotta is easy and the results are far more delicious than what comes from the grocery store. Better yet, the recipe can be tinkered with to suit your needs. Like your ricotta creamy? Swap in …

Parsnips are a pleasant surprise in the spring garden

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Editor’s note: This article was updated Friday to include the number of eggs in the Parsnip Cake recipe. The garden season is getting under way a little late this year; it was only a week ago that the …

Sneaking some healthy, green fats into morning muffin treats

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects – guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches – my family also has been smashing them up on toast …

Chipotle: Transition to non-GMO ingredients complete

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chipotle successfully phases out all GMOs Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but said in late 2013 it was working on transitioning to a tortilla that did not use them. Most …

Garten, Stewart and Bourdain sweep top food broadcast awards

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Anthony Bourdain, Ina Garten and Martha Stewart remain the names to beat in food broadcasting. For a second year running, the three dominated the top tier of television awards from the James Beard Foundation, winning for the same …